Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o earned a pair of awards Monday for his performance in Saturday night's 20-3 victory over Michigan State.
Te'o was named the Lott IMPACT player of the week and Independent defensive player of the week. Te'o had 12 tackles, with two for loss; two pass breakups; and recovered a fumble against the Spartans.
The senior captain did all of this while dealing with the deaths of his grandmother and girlfriend in the days leading up to the game.
"It was hard. I lost a woman who I truly love, but I have my family around me and my football family. At the end of the day, families are forever and I will see them again someday," said Te'o, a finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy last year, after the game.
"It (the win) was for them, for my girl and my grandma, and for all my loved ones who have passed on. They are all watching. It was a happy moment."
In recognition of Te'o's performance, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, sponsors of the Lott IMPACT Trophy, will make a $1,000 donation to the general scholarship fund at Notre Dame.
Notre Dame punter Ben Turk was also recognized for his performance at Michigan State.
Turk was named the Independent special teams player of the week. He averaged 42.3 yards on eight punts, with four of his kicks downed inside the Spartans' 20.